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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 4:01 p.m. PST

"University of Tübingen archaeologists have discovered the first Phoenician wine press at Tell el-Burak in Lebanon. In the first millennium B.C., Phoenician trade was instrumental in the spread of wine around the Mediterranean, but the archaeological evidence from this period has come almost entirely from the consumption side — amphorae used to transport it to buyers, drinking sets, how different vessels were adapted for mixing, sharing and imbibing. Archaeological remains of wine production in Phoenicia itself, however, has never been discovered before.

The settlement of Tell el-Burak is six miles south of Sidon on the Mediterranean coast. It was founded by Sidon in the last quarter of the 8th century B.C. and was occupied until the middle of the 4th. Recent excavations discovered the remains of four houses dating to the Iron Age. Inside one of them was a courtyard with a plastered basin beneath the floor. This is the treading basin of the wine press. Archaebotanical remains indicate the settlement was agriculturally active, and most of the, 41.7%, consist of grape vine seeds…"



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The Tin Dictator17 Sep 2020 7:30 a.m. PST

What they mean is that it's the oldest that they have found.
There is no evidence that it's the "first".

My opinion, which is apparently just as good as theirs, is that it's too well designed to have been the first.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2020 12:00 p.m. PST

Good point!


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